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The Knockoff Economy

How Imitation Sparks Innovation

By Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman
13-minute read
The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

The Knockoff Economy challenges the idea that copying and imitation pose serious barriers for industries. Instead, it uses concrete examples to demonstrate how, in an age where copying is easier than ever before, innovation is at its historical zenith.

  • Anyone interested in the creative industries, like fashion, music or food
  • Creatives who want a fresh perspective on driving innovation
  • Anyone interested in open-source models and their implications for innovation

Kal Raustiala is a professor of law at UCLA as well as the author of Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? His research focuses primarily on international law, international relations and intellectual property.

Christopher Sprigman is a professor at New York University School of Law. His research deals primarily with copyright and intellectual property.

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